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Rotary District Governor Returns to Grande Prairie

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August 13, 2019
Rotary District Governor returns to Grande Prairie to visit three local clubs after a whirlwind tour of District 5370 - August 12, 2019

The local Albertan who connects 1.2 million Rotary Club members worldwide with Rotarians from the northern regions of three Western provinces and two Territories will be returning to Grande Prairie the week of August 12-16.

Tracey Vavrek is the new District Governor of District 5370 for 2019-20 and a member of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five.

As District Governor, Vavrek serves as a liaison between Rotary International President Mark Maloney, and Rotarians in her Rotary District 5370.

Rotary District 5370 consists of 60 clubs throughout Northern Alberta, Northwest Saskatchewan, Northeastern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. It also includes 53 high school and junior high Interact clubs and 10 Rotaract clubs for post-secondary students and young adults who are just beginning their careers.

“What I most look forward to during my visit is learning more about how Rotarians in Grande Prairie are serving their local communities and people in need around the world,” Vavrek says. “These are people of action, people who get things done.”

From July to the end of November, Vavrek expects to travel more than 33,000 kms to visit all 60 Rotary clubs in the District.

“The 2019-20 Rotary International theme is ‘Rotary Connects the World,’ so I will be listening to Rotarians’ stories of how they are connecting the world, both in their communities and through international projects” Vavrek says.

Locally, Rotarians connect with their community by collaborating on:
Local Food Bank Drive
Rotary House
Rotary Wellness House

Rotarians in Grande Prairie have also connected internationally by
Highway to Mexico project
Fundraising for the Eradication of Polio Worldwide

While she is back home Grande Prairie District Governor Vavrek will meet with representatives from local Rotary boards and speak at each of the four local clubs.

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Rotary International is the world’s oldest service club (founded in 1905). There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, in more than 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Rotarians make a difference locally and internationally by supporting and participating in projects that fall within one of six areas:

●  peace and conflict prevention and resolution
●  disease prevention and treatment
●  water and sanitation
●  maternal and child health
●  basic education and literacy
● community development.

Wade Nellis – President Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five - 780-832-5345
Steve Madden- President Grande Prairie Rotary Friday Club 780-532-2905 ext 154
Brenda Yamkowy – President, Grande Prairie Swan City Rotary- 780-518-6274
Brenda Yamkowy, President


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